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The Concept of Utopia

Student edition

by Ruth Levitas (Author)
©2011 Monographs XVIII, 268 Pages

Summary

In this highly influential book, Ruth Levitas provides an excellent introduction to the meaning and importance of the concept of utopia, and explores a wealth of material drawn from literature and social theory to illustrate its rich history and analytical versatility. Situating utopia within the dynamics of the modern imagination, she examines the ways in which it has been used by some of the leading thinkers of modernity: Marx, Engels, Karl Mannheim, Robert Owen, Georges Sorel, Ernst Bloch, William Morris, and Herbert Marcuse. Utopia remains the most potent secular concept for imagining and producing a ‘better world’, and this classic text will be invaluable to students across a wide range of disciplines.

Details

Pages
XVIII, 268
Year
2011
ISBN (PDF)
9783035300109
ISBN (Softcover)
9781906165338
DOI
10.3726/978-3-0353-0010-9
Language
English
Publication date
2011 (January)
Keywords
Marx, Engels Mannheim, Sorel Ideal Commonwealths Retheorising Utopia
Published
Oxford, Bern, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2012. XVIII, 268 pp.

Biographical notes

Ruth Levitas (Author)

Ruth Levitas is Professor of Sociology at the University of Bristol. Her books include The Ideology of the New Right, The Interpretation of Official Statistics (co-edited with Will Guy), The Inclusive Society? Social Exclusion and New Labour, and Poverty and Social Exclusion in Britain (co-edited with Christina Pantazis and David Gordon). Utopia as Method: The Imaginary Reconstitution of Society, the sequel to this book, is forthcoming.

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